Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Gian S. Pagnucci, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Patrick Bizzaro, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Sharon K. Deckert, Ph.D.

Fourth Advisor

Michele Eodice, Ph.D.


This is a cooperative research study that investigates the lack of collaborative dissertations in the field of composition. This is the cooperative text to Sabatino Mangini’s dissertation, titled Composition and the Cooperative Dissertation Study: Our Collaborative Resistance. Ultimately, my research partner, Sabatino Mangini, and I are exploring the research question: “How does a collaborative dissertation challenge the status quo in the field of composition?” This primary research question produced several secondary questions as well involving the nature and rigors of the collaborative dissertation. Within this dissertation, I use a feminist rhetoric framework and a narrative inquiry methodology. Together as researcher-participants, Sabatino and I collaboratively respond to the question: When two people collaborate on a composition dissertation, what experiential data can they construct via a narrative inquiry? To answer our research questions, we felt we could gain a better understanding of the resistance through engaging in research with higher education administrators/gatekeepers, recent Ph.D. graduates, and collaboration advocates. Through our conversations with our participants, we have come closer to gaining a better understanding of the resistance toward collaborative dissertations.